CHARITY: The "Jenny Karezi Foundation"

Actress Jenny Karezi

Today, we live in a society where cancer is becoming an all too common word. With people being diagnosed every three seconds, the high demand for better research and palliative care is becoming exceptionally crucial. The prevalence of new cancer cases daily is overwhelming. The last record of worldwide cancer deaths came in 2012, when an estimated 8.2 million people sadly succumbed to the disease. This is expected to vastly increase, with an estimated 13 million by 2030, which is a frightening figure. Cancer does not discriminate. It strikes anyone, of any age, any colour, any ethnicity, any race, any religion. We all know of someone who has been affected by cancer…but, the unity of people, worldwide, can and will one day, defeat cancer. 

The Jenny Karezi Foundation, or Ιδρυμα Τζενη Καρεζη στην Αθηνα, based in Athens, Greece, is a non-profit organisation that reaches a magnitude of people affected by cancer. At the core of the Foundation, is support and the provision of palliative care in a comforting and warm environment. With a solid team of committed and outstanding professionals facilitating the care, (physicians, psychologists and nurses), it has undoubtedly been a beacon of hope for many patients and families, during significantly difficult times. 
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The foundation's longevity has unequivocally proven how beneficial it is to people. The Foundation was created in honour of accomplished and well-loved Greek actress, Jenny Karezi. Distinguished by her immense talent and beauty, Jenny herself fought a long and courageous battle with cancer; but sadly, she lost her fight in 1992. However, her final wishes served as a platform for the inception of the Foundation, successfully launching just a few months after her death. 

It began providing care to a mass of people, with this steadily increasing to more than five hundred new patients each year; patients who have to cope with one of the most difficult hand of cards that life will ever deal you; cancer. Watching a loved one slowly fade away and lose the spark they once had in their eyes and their dignity, because of this insidious disease, is heartbreaking. Pain relief, support and care of the highest degree, is at the forefront of the Jenny Karezi Foundation’s objectives.

The economic crisis has hit Greece hard. We have all seen, from the news alone, that the stability of their economy is dwindling, with everyone being affected in some way. This has had a profound affect on non-profit organisations that rely solely on public funding to operate. The JKF is naturally feeling the strain, and heightening fears of its closure are exceptionally upsetting. Their work is fundamental, not just for current patients and families, but for future patients and families.  The quest to keep it afloat is ongoing, but they endeavour to continue for as long as possible, and there can be light at the end of the tunnel.

You can be anywhere in the world to donate. Why donate, you may ask? Aiding overseas charities is a huge 
and gratifying thing to do. Especially when it is a country that are heavily bearing the burden of challenging financial times. If you are based in Greece, you may already know of the Foundation, and therefore any donation is valuable. With one quick click of a button, you can help keep the Foundation thriving, and create a wave of new hope to patients and families alike. You can click on the PayPal link below to donate, but size doesn’t matter, because the smallest contribution can make the biggest difference.

Let’s break down the barriers of language, race and ethnicity, and see each organisation as their own entity, for the good they do… helping other human beings. In these vulnerable times, it is so important to have a hand to hold, a warm smile to greet you, and someone to expel that feeling of overwhelming isolation and fear. Jenny Karezi Foundation has delivered countless hours of valuable care, but now, they need a little extra help. Your help. 

We are all on the same journey in this life, and sometimes, we all need a helping hand to continue on doing the good work we do, by kind, generous and thoughtful individuals, who can allow this Foundation to continue doing the fantastic work it does; for another twenty years. 

Website: Jenny Karezi Foundation
About Jenny: Jenny's biography
Facebook: JKF Facebook
PayPal Email address to donate: 

Special thank you to: Giannis Kazakos

Why I want to vacation alone... Pros & Cons

Having spent a large number of years not travelling or even vacationing/holidaying, during school and college years, I was always overjoyed when the time came to pack up my little suitcase and go off with family. Europe has always been my place of choice, the lifestyle, the quaint streets, the cute shops, charming little cafes and of course, the weather is naturally a little more appealing.

Now I've come to an age, mid-twenties (gosh that sounds so crazy old to me at least), and being a writer/blogger, and additionally, an only child, let's just say that I am completely OK with my own company, in fact, sometimes I prefer it that way. If you are the type of person like me, who at first thought, would be "...No...No....NO!? I can't travel alone..." then maybe you should first of all, ask yourself why.

1. There is no security of being another person (includes a magnitutde of issues)
2. I would be far too lonely (even just for two days...)
3. I would feel awkward wandering streets alone. 
4. I struggle with flying/travelling with another person yet alone. 
5. It could be dangerous without anyone.
6. I would be bored. What's to do?

There, that's just six reasons why I maybe wouldn't want to travel alone. You may have more. You may have not thought of some of the ones I've put. But here are six of the pros I came up with.

1. You are free to do what you want when you want.
2. You can meet people, on excursions, cafes, places.
3. You can let your creativity take over, do something cool whilst you're there. 
4. You can keep in touch with family/friends, technology is a beautiful thing.
5. There is no troubles with not getting a place for everyone on a trip. 
6. You can become a little more thrifty without having to worry about what others want.

To quickly run through each of the points. We may all have had fears but in order to cast aside those fears, you have to think mostly about the positives of why you want to go away alone. I know that as a writer, it would be hugely beneficial, because not only does travelling really broaden the mind and inspire you, but you also have the freedom to sit yourself down in a little cafe, hotel bar, beach, with your pot of tea, coffee or whatever drink floats your boat, and merrily type away! Ok, so let's work through our negatives!

The most important thing whilst travelling alone is to firstly make sure that you are going to a place you have researched. The first rule of thumb. Use TripAdvisor to your advantage, make sure you research the best areas and the worst areas in the city you're going to. Travelling alone is also a really great way to make yourself familiar with the world around you, to observe, to step out of the comfort zone and live a little!!

If you are travelling on a budget, and are going to be looking at hostels and not hotels, then again, researching to the maximum is important but those of you travel savvy kids, will know that going to hostels can be the best place to make friends for life and build up conversations and future travel buddies! It's all about research. It's all about planning. I am the world's worst planner, I wind up making list after list, only to realize I never got past number one on the list!

As long as you have a reliable phone on you, contact is there. Call, text, FaceTime, Skype... it's there! I always make sure wherever I'm staying has wifi and that it is not extra if you should want it. Most hotels and hostels do offer it free, but if you're unsure, drop them an email and just ask if it is free for guests. Travelling doesn't have to be lonely. The chances are if you take a guided tour, or research into what excursions are available, there will be other lone holidaymakers or small groups, students etc who you can get talking to. It's not forever!!! You know your limits. If you know you could possibly only be alone for three days then go for three days. If you know this doesn't affect you, then fab, but you always have contact and hopefully, you can always get home!!

Make sure that you have all the numbers you will need, including reputible taxi firms, and a bank card that works abroad too because running out of money whilst on holiday can be nothing short of a catastrophe! Make sure you stick to the touristy areas if you are on your own, or that you make sure you know where the landmarks are. Keep a map on you, but probably don't keep it out at all times, any unsavoury people, have tourist radar, and so the more natural you are, the safer you probably are. (Let me know if that's a myth....something I was once told ;) )

It's the twenty-first century and thankfully, most large cities have a very good knowledge of English, so good that you can even have a solid conversation with them about their life and history, again, super intriguing! However if you are going somewhere a little more remote, then naturally bring a dictionary along with you, write some choice phrases and of course make sure you have google translate on your phone so you can whip it out and ask Siri!

Being bored again is something that has me a little concerned. I am one of these people who get bored easily, but I had set myself a travelling mission!! THE MISSION!! I think if you have a true reason to want to travel, then boredom can really not be an issue, and in my own little mind, this is truly helping me see the positives. My aim would be to go and write. Go, see the world, and incorporate some creating writing into my travel; I guess you could say it's a little pipe dream to go write abroad, I feel it would truly open my mind up!

So, if you know you would like to travel alone, even if it is just for two days, or two weeks, or even two months, and you're just that little bit dubious, then go for it. Just think of how many selfies you will acquire... honestly though, a selfie stick may be a necessity for those good long shots. So, go enjoy! Then, you can blog all about it.....